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Policy evaluation in the presence of outsourcing: global competitiveness versus political feasibility


  • Subhayu Bandyopadhyay
  • Howard J. Wall


We analyze the effects of outsourcing in the presence of a minimum wage by presenting a general-equilibrium model with an oligopolistic export sector and a competitive import-competing sector. An outsourcing tax is politically popular because it switches jobs to unemployed natives. It is also economically sound because it raises national income. An export subsidy may or may not be justified on welfare grounds. Increased international competition has no effect on the level of outsourcing, but the direction of its effect on unemployment and national income depends on the relative factor intensities of the two sectors. ; Original title: Oligopoly and outsourcing

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  • Subhayu Bandyopadhyay & Howard J. Wall, 2007. "Policy evaluation in the presence of outsourcing: global competitiveness versus political feasibility," Working Papers 2005-074, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedlwp:2005-074

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    1. Alina Hagiu & Emilia Clipici, 2009. "The National And The European Union Business Environment In The Context Of The Knowledge-Based Economy," JOURNAL STUDIA UNIVERSITATIS BABES-BOLYAI NEGOTIA, Babes-Bolyai University, Faculty of Business.

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